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Join our Field Trip to Washington DC!
Each year around June one of the highlights of the Zoni activity calendar takes place – The Washington D.C Field Trip. Many of our students look forward to this all year. Anyone who has seen previous years’ photos would have seen just how much fun this field trip is. This blog post will give you all the information you need to join in, as well as, a little bit of history for places you will visit in D.C.
Who can join the Zoni Field Trip?
The field trip is open to Zoni students across all campuses in New York and New Jersey. However, that is not all. If you have a friend or family member who would also like to come, they are welcome to join us! All they must do is register in advance. Any children you wish to bring, must be at least 9 years old.
Sounds exciting! When are we going?
The Washington, D.C. Field Trip is on Friday June 28. The field trip starts at 6.00am sharp, so make sure you set your alarm clock and be on time. It is an early start, but that is because we have crammed as many amazing sites into the trip as we possibly could! You will leave D.C. at 6.00pm. Your Zoni Campus Managers will give you more information closer to the time.
Why Washington, D.C.?
Well, as the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. has literally hundreds of important landmarks, museums, libraries and of course, The White House! Students visiting Washington, D.C. on the Zoni Field Trip get to learn about and experience American history and culture. As well as having the opportunity to make friends, have fun and most importantly, practice their English.
What are we going to see?
As we mentioned above, Washington, D.C. is jam-packed with important historical and cultural sites. What we have done is to select the best and most interesting ones for you to visit. In this section we will give you a short summary of the “must know” facts of each of the attractions we will see on the Zoni Field Trip.
The United States Capitol (Capitol Building) is the home of the United States Congress and the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located at the eastern end of the National Mall on Capitol Hill. At one time the Capitol was the geographic center of the Federal District, however as the city grew the center-point moved. The Capitol is also the starting point for D.C.'s street-numbering system.
The original Capitol building was completed in 1800, but since then it has changed and expanded. Although it was not the building’s first dome, the huge wedding cake style dome - added in 1855 – has become the most recognisable feature of this building.
Did you know that the cast iron used for the Capitol’s dome was reported to weigh almost 9 million pounds??
Just across the street from the Capitol is the United States Supreme Court. In fact, until 1935, the Supreme Court was actually based in the Capitol building.
In 1921, William Howard Taft - the former president of the United States, became the Chief Justice. For a long time, he had dreamed of moving the Supreme Court into its own building. So as soon as he started his new job, he began to write letters to members of Congress complaining about the Court’s current location and pushing for a move. Finally, it was agreed that the Supreme Court could have its own building.
President Herbert Hoover laid the building's cornerstone on October 13, 1932. It was not a good time to build. There was a lot going in the world including labor strikes and the Great Depression. However, work continued, and the building was finished on April 4, 1935.
American History Museum
Opened in 1964, the American History Museum was originally named the Museum of History and Technology. The museum was renamed in 1980 to reflect the museum’s commitment to showing the life and experiences of the American people. The American History Museum is part of the Smithsonian Institute and like many of the other amazing D.C. attractions, you find it on the National Mall. Among other interesting artefacts, the National Museum is home to the original Star-spangled banner flag. The American History Museum is extremely popular and sees almost 4 million visitors pass through its doors each year.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum has been around for a very long time. It was founded in 1846 as part of the Smithsonian Institute, however it did not move to its current location until 1910. The Natural History museum is also located on the National Mall and welcomes around 4.5 million visitors each year. In 2016 the Natural History museum was the 4th most visited museum in the world with a little over 7 million visitors in that year. The Natural History Museum is dedicated to the natural and cultural history of the world. This means that the museum is home to all kinds of animals, dinosaurs, rocks, and minerals as well as cultural studies and human history.
The White House
Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House is probably one of the most famous buildings in the world. Since 1800 it has been the official workplace and residence of the President of the United States. Until the early 20th century, the White House was open to the public. These days it is not so easy to get inside. Public tours are available, but places are very limited. As a result, most people chose to view the White House from the gates and/or take a virtual tour via the White House Experience App.
The Washington Monument is an Obelisk (a tall 4-sided monument that gets narrower as it gets higher and has a pyramid on the top giving it it’s point). As the name suggests, the Monument is dedicated to George Washington, the first president of the United States. It is also located on the National Mall. The Washington Monument took a long time to be completed. Construction started in 1848, but it was not finished until 1888 due to lack of money and the American Civil War. The Washington Monument is the world’s tallest obelisk, standing a little over 555 feet high.
The Lincoln Memorial is famous worldwide for its enormous statue of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. Like almost all of the attractions mentioned in this blog post, the Lincoln Memorial is located on the National Mall. Dedicated in 1922, the Lincoln Memorial is also considered the unofficial symbol of race relations in America. The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and welcomes around 7 million visitors each year. The statue of Lincoln is one of the most recognizable statues in the United States, alongside the Statue of Liberty. The Lincoln statue took 4 years to carve. It was originally only meant to be 10 feet high, however this was increased to 19 feet. The statue itself weighs around 175 tons. In 1963, the grounds of the memorial were used for the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech.
Why should I join the Zoni Washington Field Trip?
The Zoni Field Trip to Washington, D.C. provides you with a wonderful opportunity to learn about American history, make friends from different Zoni campuses, practice your English, and all for much less cost than if you were to make the same trip yourself. Not to mention the t-shirt! Everyone who joins the trip will receive an official Zoni Washington Field Trip t-shirt for absolutely FREE!
If you have any questions, or to sign up, contact your campus manager.